Monday, 1 September 2014

Off to Bootcamp we go!

On the last weekend of September, eighteen second year MEng students will head off into the Peak District for an intensive leadership skills bootcamp. The students are members of the Sheffield Engineering Leadership Academy (SELA), an extracurricular program which aims to help our engineering undergraduate students to become engineering leaders of tomorrow, who create positive impact in research and industry.

The SELA program consists of a range of activities: skills workshops, industry and research placements, group projects, and a guest lecture series with leaders from academia and industry. This year’s inaugural bootcamp is being delivered by staff from University Student Enterprise (USE) and the students will be joined by mentors from the Faculty of Engineering and industry partners including BAE Systems.

SELA’s inaugural cohort were recruited following a fierce competition earlier this year – impressive applications from seventy candidates were shortlisted to thirty-four, and following interview eighteen first year engineering students were invited to become SELA members. The cohort come from a broad range of engineering subjects across the faculty – mechanical engineering, chemical and biological engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, bioengineering, aerospace engineering, and materials science and engineering.

The recruitment process for SELA’s second cohort will start in early 2015 around the time of Global Engineering Challenge week. SELA is open to first year undergraduate MEng students (or those on BEng who intend to transfer at the end of their first year).

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